Australia taking positives out of Hockey World Cup

Key player: Gerringong's Grace Stewart. Picture: AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills.
Key player: Gerringong's Grace Stewart. Picture: AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills.

The Hockeyroos are holding their heads high after a fourth-placed finish at the Women’s World Cup in London.

Gerringong’s Grace Stewart played a crucial role in the Australian campaign, securing her 50th international cap in the team’s nil-all draw with Belgium.  

The Australian tournament came to an end with a 3-1 loss to Spain in the third-place playoff. The defeat came after a heartbreaking shootout loss to world number one the Netherlands in the semi-final. 

Teammate Jodie Kenny said there was much for the squad to take from the tournament as they begin to build towards the Tokyo Olympics. 

“We’ve come a very long way,” Kenny said. “I’m extremely proud of all the girls.”

“It shows we’ve still got a lot of learning in the bigger matches. We need to play really well throughout to get over those hurdles at the end, the tough final matches that show physical and mental strength as well.”

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